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Determining the Amount of Gold in a Quartz Specimen

Many prospectors who find specimens of rich quartz with visible gold often wonder about the gold content of their specimens. Pieces with significant visible gold can sometimes be found at hard rock mines, by prospecting...

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Administration Considers Bypassing Congress


With Congress showing little willingness to act, the Clinton administration is weighing whether to designate a dozen scenic and historic sites in the West as federal monuments to assure their protection.

Ask The Experts


How do I set up a Miller table?

From the Editor


You will find a few articles in this issue that you wouldn’t normally expect to see in the Journal. Don’t fret—we’re not changing our focus, but the time seemed right to address a few pressing topics.

Prospecting for Silver Deposits


In some ways, silver is the forgotten precious metal because it straddles both the world of precious metals and jewelry, while having many important  industrial applications like a base metal. The price of silver reflects both the precious metal investment demand as well as the industrial demand.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Small miners can join bonding pool in Alaska
• Comments needed for diesel particulate matter proposed rule
• Administration asks Supreme Court to review wilderness ruling
• Bush selects Utah Governor as next EPA chief

Q&A With Detector Designer Dave Johnson


...it’s been a little known secret that one man was involved in designing many of the most respected very low frequency (VLF) nugget detectors on the market. Dave Johnson has designed gold-oriented detectors for Tesoro, Whites, Fisher and others for more than 25 years.

Vendors Announced for Gold Prospecting and Mining Summit


We are happy to announce the vendor/exhibitor spaces for the 2016 Gold Prospecting and Mining Summit in April are completely sold out. In fact, the venue has been sold out for several months.

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The Bawl Mill   • Editorial: Montana's Controversial Rock Creek Mine   • First Load of Concentrate Leaves Reopened Ruth Mine   • Uranium Industry Enjoys Rebound as Prices Nearly Triple   • BLM Warning About Purchase of Mining Claims on the Internet   • Placer PGMs in Coon Creek, California   • Getting Your Float Circuit Layout Right   • Pick Up Austria's New Coin—If You Can Lift It   • New Prospecting Guides Available Online   • Police Extend Detention of Newmont Executives   • Picks & Pans—Drywashing and Detecting in Southern California   • Over The Divide—Merwin (Merv) H. Hemp   • The Boludo Placers, Sonora   • The Golden Highway—Placer County   • Northwest Miners Rally a Success   • Mine Threat Just a Stunt to Criticize Land Laws   • MINExpo 2004 Convention Report   • Looking Back   • Melman on Gold & Silver   • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices

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